I have always prided myself that I was one of the few moms in the world whose kids had unscheduled time from 3:30 to 6:00 pm. The extent of our involvement in after school activities has always been just AWANA. I could justify that because A) It's church, #2) I remember it as being a lot of fun, and Lastly) they all did it together.
Just yesterday I had my kids pretested for swim class which starts next week. After the test I ENROLLED four of them in the appropriate classes. Then I came home and started filling in my calendar for January. I do keep a master schedule for my family on the kitchen wall.
Oh boy! Tuesday now looks like this:
7:00 am Jesse leaves for school.
8:40 am Caleb and Elizabeth leave for school.
8:45 am Abigail, Jonah, and Mommy leave for Mops.
12:45 pm Abigail, Jonah, and Mommy come home from Mops, eat lunch, take naps, fold laundry....
2:40 pm Jesse comes home from school. Start the daily homework struggle (I get mad as he stalls. I get madder, he stalls more....).
3:30 pm Caleb comes home from school. Libby goes to rock climbing club.
4:30 pm Pick Libby up from rock climbing club.
5:00 pm Take kids to swim lessons.
5:30 pm Rush home to change, eat dinner.
6:30 pm Rush to AWANA.
7:00 to 8:15 pm Veg at my computer, go on a date with my husband, or run errands.
8:30 pm Pick up kids from AWANA and scoot them home for a snack and bed.
What, oh what, have I done.
At least this is the way it will be for January. Libby will be done with rock climbing club at the end of the month- but there is always the chance that Caleb could be drawn for a slot in the next session of it. In February I will try to get Monday-Wednesday lessons instead of Tuesday-Thursday.
Oh well. I want them to swim this summer. I said it myself!